Hunting polar bears is banned in Russia, but authorities warn a cull may be the only answer if other means of warding them off fail.
The animals are officially classed as “vulnerable”, with numbers falling.
Since December the military have been patrolling the streets of Belushya Guba on the islands but the animals have lost their fear of the signals used to ward them off, so more drastic measures are needed, officials said.
The village, home to about 560 people, has reported 52 bears have been spotted in two months with some of them attacking people, breaking into houses and other buildings, according to Aleksander Minaev, deputy head of the Novaya Zemlya region.
“People are scared, afraid to leave their homes, their daily routines are being broken, and parents are unwilling to let their children go to school or kindergarten,” Mr Minaev said.
Local administration chief Vigansha Musin said more than five bears were on the grounds of a military garrison.
“I’ve been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983,” he said. “There’s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears.”
In 2016 five Russian scientists were “besieged” by polar bears for several weeks at a remote weather station on the island of Troynoy, east of Novaya Zemlya.
Russia’s remote archipelago of Novaya Zemlya (meaning New Earth), in the Arctic Ocean off northern Russia, has a population of just over 2,000 people.